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Astro-H successfully launched !

Jaxa confirmed that yesterday successfully launched their X-ray space observation satellite from Tanegashima Space Center. Mission of Japanese X-ray observation satellite for astronomical purposes started yesterday at 09:45 GMT. This time weather was perfect, and in morning sun H-IIA rocket, supported by four solid fueled boosters, lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center. After only one minute, weighting…
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Sentinel-3A launched !

Sentinel-3A, observation satellite devoted to ocean and weather monitoring program was launched successfuly on yesterday evening. Launch was performed from Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia, from launch site 133/3 exactly forty seconds later then it was planned. At 17:57:40 GMT on 16 February 2016 Rokot rocket took off from Plesetsk. Targeted orbit for Sentinel-3A is characterized with…
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Sentinel-3A launch today !

Planned for today launch of the European Observation satellite Sentinel-3A, part of the Copernicus program, will be performed according to schedule at 17:57 GMT from launch site 133/3 in Plesetsk cosmodrome. Sentinel-3A is part of, being still under development, European program for creating constellation of observation satellites. It was designed by Thales Alenia Space with utilization…
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NASA looking for new electric propulsion

In the focus of attention of every space agency with plans of deep space exploration is developing new types of engines. New propulsion, less limited with amount of fuel, is necessary if any kind of human Mars mission is concerned. Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today that won NASA contract, worth $2.5 million, for developing program of new…
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International Space Station maneuver before next docking planned on 17th February

Necessary maneuver of ISS before next docking of Soyuz TMA-20M is planned for 17th February 2016. It was announced on 1 February 2016 that ISS would change its orbit due the planned for March series of activities with visiting spacecrafts. Maneuver will start on 17 February 2016, commands will be sent from RKA Mission Control Center placed in Korolyov,…
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Russia still considers blowing asteroids with nukes

It seems that non-conventional way of solving any problems is still strong in Russian scientific environment. Recently we could read about potential proposition from Europe to Russian scientists to develop nuclear weapon against asteroids. Problem of early warning was seriously spotted by authorities around the world after Chelyabinsk disaster in 2013. NASA had initiative and…
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Cygnus contaminated with black mold, OA-6 mission delayed

During control of cargo which should be lifted by Cygnus spacecraft to International Space Station, mold contamination was spotted. Mission is delayed, with NET status, for 20 March 2016. Commercial supply missions for International Space Station could be considered as nothing unusual, they just became ordinary part of space launch schedule. Serious failures, like supply mission…
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North Korean satellite still remains silent

Since 7 February 2016, when Unha-3 rocket lifted Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite on orbit there is still no signs of any operational activity of this spacecraft. To remind: in spite of official UN ban for any tests of rocket technology, North Korea decided to perform second attempt of their most recent Unha-3 rocket. Rocket which is heavy modified…
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New dimension of commercialization of ISS

Manufacturing Cubesat satellites in space and deploying without necessity of launching with rocket? It is maybe closer than You can imagine! It is maybe not well known fact that from International Space Station crew members has ability to deploy small satellites. In fact, with utilization of Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS), mass of…
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SES-9 confirmed for 24th February 2016 !

Next SES satellite, which will increase potential of SES S.A. Telecommunication Company, will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 24th February 2016 according to SES official statement. SES-9 mission was truly source of headache for SpaceX management. SES S.A. is one of most important customers for launch services provided by Elon Musk's Company, and this…
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